…As World War II ‘Tallboy’ bomb discovered in Polish port city***
No fewer than five persons were on Friday burnt to death and 10 others sustained injuries in an accident involving a white Mazda bus at Onigaari, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.
Oladele said that the accident which occurred around 8:49 a.m was caused by speed and loss of control.
The sector commander said that the crash involved 18 passengers comprising 17 male adults and one female adult.
The FRSC boss said that 10 males sustained injuries from the crash while five of the passengers comprising of four males and one female died from the crash.
“The lone crash involved a commercial bus that traveled all the way from Sokoto state but stopped briefly in Ibadan to pick other passengers.
“The white coloured Mazda bus with registration number WWD 302 CB, was heading to Lagos before it lost control at Onigaari due to speed and collided with the road median and upturn,” he said.
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Oladele said that the injured victims were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, while the dead bodies were deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.
The sector commander reminded motorists of the need to drive cautiously on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway, saying the road was still undergoing rehabilitation.
Oladele said that the recommended speed at construction areas was 50 kilometers per hour.
In the meantime, a five-ton so-called “Tallboy” – one of the largest bombs used by Britain during World War II – has been discovered in the Swina strait in the Polish port city of Swinoujscie.
With the discovery of the bomb, authorities are preparing for an unprecedented unearthing procedure.
A spokesperson for the governor of the West Pomeranian region said, who made this known on Friday, said that the bomb was found during construction works on deepening the Szczecin-Swinoujscie shipping channel.
It is located close to one of two of the city’s main ferry crossings.
The authorities are yet to set the date for recovering and neutralising the bomb, Agnieszka Muchla-Lagosz, said.
The spokesperson added that there was no immediate danger for residents.
A number of emergency meetings in the governor’s office will be held to find an adequate solution, the official said.
“We have experience with unearthing misfires from the bed of the shipping channel, but we’ve never had such a large object, so we need time to prepare,” Muchla-Lagosz said.
It is possible that inhabitants will have to be evacuated during the unearthing procedure, but it is too early to say within which radius of the device, she said.
Swinoujscie has a population of more than 40,000.